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Introduction The main concept behind this article is the steps that lead to Designing and developing of Joomla based SEO websites. The first work to be done before going through the steps is to install standard version of Joomla along with some mandatory installation of other essential components (URL changing SEF and sitemap component).
Importance of SEF URL changing component Search Engine Friendly is abbreviated as SEF. At the time of Joomla installation, the URL is: ‘index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5&Itemid=6’. Standard URL of Joomla does not explain anything related to the contents of the webpage. This feature also called SOS (Search Optimization Stunted) is disliked by most users. SEF URL Changing component plays a huge role in removing this discrepancy. It takes the standard URL and modifies it to become meaningful for a general viewer, e.g. ‘purchase-red-bag-here.html’. The drawback that is associated to SEF is that there is a concealed advert in coding from their respective developer. SEF does an acceptable task of transforming Joomla URL’s to SEF, still the chances of duplication of many URL is there.
Installing SEF URL converting component SEF URL converter can be installed using interface of Joomla Administration. After installation it is to be checked that ‘Search Engine Friendly URL’s’ is positioned ‘Yes’ in ‘Site->Global Configuration->SEO (tab)’. It is to be ensured that the file ‘htaccess.txt’ of the root directory during Joomla installation is transformed to .htaccess and then follow the simple instruction for turning ‘mod_rewrite’ on. It should be followed by going to ‘JoomSEF Component and Configuration’ for turning it on.
After the complete procedure, less confusing URL’s can easily be generated.
Sitemap Installation Working out a Sitemap is the next process following SEF installation. The legitimate component of Sitemap is Joomap. Standard ‘Joomap’ version has no output for a file of XML format of a Search engine. Hence, it is advisable to download a ‘Joomap patch’, which has similar installing procedure as SEF URL’s converting component. There is no configuration required after installing Joomap patch. Now, it is left on us to select and include the menu we desire in Sitemap. Top Menu and Main Menu are generally included. Creation of fresh Items in Menu and selecting the linking components are the task that follows. This leads to getting Joomap and the procedures that are left undergoes automatically.
Importance of Joomap One big advantage that is associated with Joomap is the way it permits to hooking up with Sitemaps of different search engine websites. Admin interface have the URL of Sitemap of search engine website. Now the thing required to do for generating a dynamic sitemap of the search engine website, is to paste the URL in the webmaster interface of the website. At the end of the procedure when the search engine requires downloading the sitemap of your website, it acquires a version that is dynamic in nature. Joomap allows the search engines to get the information of all the pages connected to your website for effective scanning procedure from them.
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